Space Command to be headquartered in Alabama, in 'win' for Trump allies in state

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The U.S. Space Command will be headquartered in Huntsville, Ala., it was announced Wednesday, in what sources say is a "major win" for allies of President Trump after an intense lobbying battle between six finalists.
The U.S. Space Command will be headquartered in Huntsville, Ala., it was announced Wednesday, in what sources say is a "major win" for allies of President Trump in the state after an intense lobbying battle between six finalists.

Huntsville's Redstone Arsenal has been chosen as the permanent headquarters of the U.S. Space Command, the Air Force announced Wednesday.

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A source familiar with the situation told Fox News that it is expected to take several years to move the current temporary headquarters for Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado into the permanent location at Redstone, and expect it to cost more than $1 billion.

At that point, the source told Fox News that all U.S. military operations in space will be coordinated and run out of Space Command headquarters in Huntsville, Ala.

Huntsville was one of six finalists for the headquarters, which could bring more than 1,500 jobs with it.

The other finalists included Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado; Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico; Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska; Patrick Air Force Base in Florida; and Port San Antonio in Texas.

Pentagon officials conducted pitch meetings with each of the finalists, which included video conferences with state governors, including with Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, who ultimately delivered the winning pitch.

"I couldn't be more pleased to learn that Alabama will be the new home to the United States Space Command!" Ivey tweeted Wednesday.

Sources familiar with the behind-the-scenes dynamic told Fox News that Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby, who until this past week was the Senate Appropriations chairman, made the headquarters a major focus…
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